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Gala Filippova, staff scientist at Fred Hutch and co-author of the study, said that in the current study, they have explored whether loss of just one copy of the CTCF gene could trigger epigenetic changes and predispose to tumor development.
In addition, prenatal exposures to environmental agents such as bisphenol A or dioxin results in alteration in the development of the mammary gland that may predispose to the development of cancers later in life.
A novel result of these studies was that genes identified as contributors to drinking behavior in the tested populations were not the same as genes found to predispose to alcohol dependence.